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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
The Verses of a Man: Words from the Heart, Mind and Soul of a Man by Romain Dolcy reveals the innermost feelings of the writer on many subjects through the medium of poetry. Written in free style, these poems vary in length and in composition. Some comprise verses of equal length and others vary from very short to more than a page, and within some, from long lines to only one word. All of them truly do delve deep into the mind, heart and soul of the writer at various times in his life, even though his actual life, the outline of which is recounted at the end of the book, is very different. “I sat back. And I thought. My contemplation. All that I fought. My only purpose is to live ‘til I die.”
Romain Dolcy has written a thought-provoking book in The Verses of a Man: Words from the Heart, Mind and Soul of a Man. It opens with Acceptance, a poem that encompasses many aspects of life the writer covers. The Orphan led me to expect the contents to be presented in chronological order, but Mr Dolcy has been much more adventurous: because of that, I found The Verses of a Man utterly captivating. The reader cannot guess whether the next poem will sad or happy, introspective or reaching out to others, or spectacularly different because the subjects he covers are so extensive. Mr Dolcy’s beautiful poems make his readers think, and maybe reassess their own lives and find comfort.